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Lake Mead
The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project expect to hit a “Tier 1" shortage in their drought contingency plan in 2022. It would be the first time reservoirs ever dipped low enough to trigger substantial cuts to Arizona’s share of Colorado River water.
Apr. 29, 2021
The Magnum Fire
The light rain that fell in the Valley earlier this week was a refreshing change and a brief respite from the drought that has gripped the area for years. And any precipitation can help lessen the chances for destructive wildfires. But the fact remains that the wildfire season is expanding as we get drier and the impact of climate change grows.
Apr. 28, 2021
All-American Canal
Arizona remains in a prolonged drought that will continue to test our region's water supply. And last week, the Bureau of Reclamation released a study that shows just how dry it could get.
Apr. 27, 2021
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico might provide insights on what the Biden administration's environmental policy will look like. About 90% of the Chaco Canyon region has been leased out for oil and gas drilling over the years, and people who live in this corner of northwest New Mexico have started to push back.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
Apr. 26, 2021
 Pemex gas station
President Joe Biden wants U.S. energy policies to move toward greener alternatives — but his counterpart in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is looking for the opposite. The difference has already generated tension and concerns that could impact trade and investment.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
Apr. 26, 2021
prescott national forest
Forest Service officials report significant die-offs of juniper trees due to drought conditions affecting the evergreens across large areas of central and northern Arizona.
Apr. 23, 2021
Forty world leaders are meeting virtually Thursday and Friday at the Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss stronger global environmental actions. Two Mexican guests, one activist and the president, offered conflicting perspectives.
Apr. 22, 2021
Downtown Phoenix
The Valley received mixed scores in the American Lung Association’s 2021 State of the Air report. The Phoenix metro area ranked in the top 10 most polluted cities for both ozone and year-round fine particulate matter. But it seems to be improving in the area of short-term particulate matter.
Apr. 21, 2021
sun shining through a tree
An Arizona nonprofit is planting trees to provide shade and other benefits for another nonprofit. The trees will also be memorials to victims of COVID-19.
Apr. 21, 2021
Mexico’s president has a plan to try to stop climate change and Central American migration simultaneously. And to make it happen, he wants support from the United States.
Apr. 19, 2021
Phoenix City Council chambers
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and four councilmembers took their oaths of office Monday. The swearing-in ceremony includes two newcomers to the City Council, and their priorities could drastically shape the city’s future.
More Arizona Business News
Apr. 19, 2021
 solar panels
The Navajo Nation has approved a couple of solar projects that will provide electricity to tribal communities.
Apr. 15, 2021
Lake Mead
As the weather warms in the Southwest, the Bureau of Reclamation is predicting low water levels on reservoirs, which could have impacts on boaters.
Apr. 13, 2021
Preparing for a $2 trillion overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure, the Biden administration has handed out letter grades to each state. Arizona has been given a C for its infrastructure, which sounds rather average, but only two states received a higher mark.
Apr. 12, 2021
Cannon Beach Mesa rendering
Late last month, Cannon Beach Mesa broke ground as the next generation of water park. But not everyone is excited about a new water park in the midst of an ongoing drought.
Apr. 12, 2021
sprinklers
A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on.
Apr. 12, 2021
Saguaro Cactus Forest
It’s estimated that there’s more than 2 million cacti at Saguaro National Park. That's a roughly 7% increase from the 2010 saguaro census. Still, experts are worried about the low number of young saguaros that are cropping up to replace their towering elders.
Apr. 5, 2021
corn  in field
State officials are putting farmers in south-central Arizona on notice that the continuing drought means a “substantial cut" in deliveries of Colorado River water is expected next year.
Apr. 5, 2021
Arizona Corporation Commission building
As Arizona’s utilities push for an increase in renewable energy, the Arizona Legislature is digging in its heels.
Mar. 31, 2021
Power lines
A Government Accountability Office report says that climate change could have far-reaching effects on the electricity grid.
Mar. 11, 2021

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